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Alfred Lord Tennysons Tithonus explains mans desire for immortality gone astray Tennyson writes the poem at a young and ambitious twenty-four years of age This poem however is written three months after the death of Tennysons best friend His feelings toward his friend and death in general are depicted through his views toward immortality throughout the poem He believes that youth is the key to usefulness and happiness Without youth man grows more undesirable every day while losing his affectiveness Tennyson by using different figures of speech and imagery shows the speakers desire for immortality He also creates a thought that immortality is no more than cruelty consuming man Through this idea Tennyson shows the consequences that follow the desire for an extension of mortal time In the first paragraph the speaker describes the decay of living objects as time moves on The metaphor The vapors weep their burdens to the ground exemplify the comparison between nature man and death The vapors of death bring back to Earth the old burdeness living entities that end its usefulness for life Just as a flower we look upon youthful man as favorable and a joy to be around As the flower begins to decay the flower becomes less desirable and becomes discarded Tithonus views immortality as cruelty that consumes him He also realizes immortality is taking away his beauty just as After many a summer dies the swan He views himself as a shadow of a man that he once was He believes that he roams in the darkness of immortality looking toward the ever silent East for the light of morning He now knows that this light is no longer reachable The second paragraph describes Tithonuss quest to be with his lover forever and begins to realize the mistake in his request Just as in the first paragraph
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